NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 5, 2019
Game recaps plus updates on Cory Schneider, Roman Polak, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in the 2019 Global Series at the 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. Travis Konecny scored twice for the Flyers while teammate Carter Hart made 28 saves. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks.
Blake Wheeler’s shootout winner completed an impressive comeback by the Winnipeg Jets, overcoming a 4-0 deficit to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-4. Mark Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault and Neal Pionk each collected two points for the Jets. Blake Coleman tallied twice for the Devils, who also lost goaltender Cory Schneider with an apparent injury early in the third period. Teammate Taylor Hall believes Schneider was dealing with cramps.
Toronto Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner scored twice and collected an assist in a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly picked up three assists. Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson tied an NHL record by scoring in his sixth consecutive season-opening game.
The Vegas Golden Knights downed the San Jose Sharks 5-1 to sweep their home-and-home season-opening series. Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves in his 800th career NHL contest while teammate Tomas Nosek netted two goals and added an assist. Tensions boiled over late in the third period, adding another chapter to what’s become a heated rivalry between the two clubs.
Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov kicked out 25 shots for his first NHL victory as the Washington Capitals nipped the New York Islanders 2-1. T.J. Oshie’s second-period tie-breaker held up as the winning goal.
IN OTHER NEWS…
THE SCORE: Player agent Allan Walsh called out Boston Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards for insensitive comments toward client Roman Polak when the Dallas Stars defenseman was injured during Thursday’s game between the two clubs. Polak crashed head-first into the boards after missing an attempt to shove Bruins forward Chris Wagner from behind.
Color commentator Andy Brickley suggested Polak’s collision was “self-induced” while Edwards replied it was “bad hockey karma”. Incensed, Walsh took to Twitter deriding the Bruins broadcaster as “truly a piece of shit and an absolute disgrace.”
Edwards stood by his real-time call, adding he felt Brickley was correct in calling the incident “self-induced”. Polak was stretchered from the game, spent the night in hospital, and was released after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his sternum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Listening to the call, I don’t believe Brickley and Edwards were mocking Polak or making light of his injury. They made the remarks matter-of-factly immediately after Polak missed the check on Wagner and hit the boards, and well before the seriousness of the blueliner’s condition was known. I didn’t get the impression they were suggesting Polak deserved to be injured.
Edwards has an obvious bias when calling Bruins games and draws well-deserved criticism for some of his over-the-top calls. In this instance, however, I don’t believe his comment deserved such a harsh public response from Polak’s agent.
NHL.COM: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly claims the league and the NHL Players Association want to bring back the World Cup of Hockey tournament. They’re also committed to staging more Global Series games involving NHL clubs in cities outside North America.
Daly also said there have been no further talks with the PA regarding participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics. He pointed out the team owners consider it very disruptive to their season, puts the players at risk of injury, and has no financial benefit for NHL clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players would love to take part in future Olympics but I don’t think that’s the hill they’re willing to die on in their ongoing collective bargaining negotiations. If the owners don’t want to take part in the Olympics, it’s not going to happen.
THE WASHINGTON POST: The NHL is partnering with Russian tech giant Yandex to stream all its games in Russia this season.